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[grohn] /groʊn/
advanced in growth:
a grown boy.
arrived at full growth or maturity; adult:
a grown man.
past participle of grow.
Related forms
half-grown, adjective
ungrown, adjective
Can be confused
groan, grown (see synonym study at groan) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for half-grown
Historical Examples
  • Who cared what three half-grown boys did, while the elders were busy with their Mysteries.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • This one he's givin' me ain't a whole dog, you see; just a half-grown pup.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It looked like a half-grown bedstead, the colour very pretty.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • Such things cannot be told to a child, nor to a half-grown girl.

  • In all there were some thirty or forty men, with a proportion of half-grown boys.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • It is only in the case of young or half-grown specimens where a mistake of this kind is likely to be made.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • A half-grown cub rushed in and knocked over Japhet and Higgs.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • A rhino cow and half-grown calf were discovered on a distant hillside.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
  • This was a male, about half-grown, being scarcely three feet high.

    The Malay Archipelago Alfred Russell Wallace
  • Glen came from the country, a half-grown puppy, to live in Oakland.

British Dictionary definitions for half-grown


not yet fully grown


  1. developed or advanced: fully grown
  2. (in combination): half-grown
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Word Origin and History for half-grown



late 14c., past participle adjective from grow (v.).

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